The News Room

The Zone F executive would like to THANK all members in our Zone for your continued support.
September 12 2020 in our virtual directors meeting, Zone F was awarded the Bob Pope Memorial Award.
This award is given yearly to the zone with the most membership increase, we had and increase of over 4% from this time last year, pretty incredible given these crazy times in 2020.
Thank you all for your continued support

Ed Giffin
Wendell Crosbie
Bob Emery
Merrill Elliott
John Palmer

Lake St. Lawrence Controlled Hunt Area Waterfowl Hunting Restrictions 2020

A note to all waterfowl hunters:  Riverside Cedar Park is closed for the 2020 season.  In light of this, the parking stakes will be moved to Farran Park.  The season opening date is September 10, 2020.  See the complete Lake St. Lawrence Controlled Hunt Area waterfowl hunting restrictions for the 2020 season here

Ontario takes important first step in cormorant control

OFAH members, through two decades of advocacy, have been at the forefront of requesting government control of overabundant double-crested cormorants and this fall season marks the first step in utilizing hunters to help create a manageable population of cormorants and minimize their impacts on other fish and wildlife species, as well as the habitat and ecosystems that support them.Starting this year, the season will take place from Sept. 15th to Dec. 31st, and allow hunters to take 15 birds a day under a small game licence.
More on this can be found HERE

OFAH calls for PAL extensions to deal with backlog (UPDATED)

Update on firearms licensing backlog

In July, the OFAH wrote a letter to Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, to express concerns with the backlog of firearm licence processing and the potential for it to prevent hunters and sport shooters from using their firearms.

We received a response from the Director General of the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) informing us that “even though [firearms owners] may not be in possession of [a] firearms licence card their licence may have been approved by the Chief Firearms Officer and they could obtain proof through this online submission portal”. In a follow-up to clarify what is ‘proof’, we were told that the CFP was originally suggesting clients to print/display the online message stating “Your application has been processed and your licence has been issued” while they worked on the backlog, and noted that “the enforcement community can view the newly issued firearms licence via their online systems even if the client has not received their firearms licence card”.

The CFP also reported to us thorough e-mail correspondence that they are now currently up to date on the printing of firearm licence cards.

If you have not received your firearms licence card, and you get the message stating “Your application has been processed and your licence has been issued” when performing a licence application search through the CFP’s online Individual Web Services, the CFP suggests you contact them by calling 1-800-731-4000.

This information should help clarify the uncertainty and confusion hunters and recreational shooters have been facing with their licence renewals during COVID-19. The OFAH will continue to monitor firearms licensing, inform the firearms community, and advocate for efficient and user-friendly renewal and application processes. Stay up-to-date at www.ofah.org/firearms.

 

Breaking News

COVID-19 Update: Effective August 14, 2020 the delivery of Ontario in-person hunter education courses may resume in regions that are in Stage 3

The temporary online/virtual option for hunter education will continue to be available until further notice — click here for details

Our Head office staff have been working very hard during this pandemic. As our province is opening back up, OFAH has written a letter to Premier Doug Ford and Ministers giving some thoughts and recommendations how to enhance the rebuilding of our outdoor activities. THE HONORABLE DOUG FORD

 

There are eight different committees that some of our zone members take part in. They work on various issues from around the province helping to give, thoughts, ideas and direction that my be requested by the MNRF and others. You can view each committees 2019 reports below

AGRICULTURE
LIAISON ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2019 ANNUAL REPORT

BIG GAME
ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2019 ANNUAL REPORT

FIREARMS
RECREATIONAL SHOOTING/HUNTER
EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2019 ANNUAL REPORT

FISHERIES
ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

INDIGENOUS
RELATIONS LIAISON COMMITTEE
2019 ANNUAL REPORT

LAND USE
ACCESS/TRAILS ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

SMALL GAME
MIGRATORY BIRD & WETLANDS
ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

SPORTING DOGS
ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

Stay up to date with our news letters,(Spring 2020 just added) postings from the MNRF and OFAH that you may missed and much more

OFAH analysis highlights severe flaws in gun bans

Many OFAH members and supporters have been asking what we have been doing related to the Government of Canada’s firearms prohibitions announced on May 1.

Much of what we’ve been doing on this issue has been behind the scenes, helping to set a stage that will allow us to continue to advocate on behalf of the entire firearms community.

Since the announcement, the OFAH has:

  • met with Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair;
  • engaged in regular dialogue with government officials from Public Safety Canada and the RCMP to get much needed clarity on the regulations;
  • published a FAQ to help firearms owners understand what is happening;
  • remain connected with industry to understand the ongoing and future concerns for the entire firearms supply chain;
  • talked to hundreds of concerned OFAH members; and,
  • completed a full-scale analysis of the amended regulations.

The Letter can be found here

 

Federal government announces firearms ban
Please follow this link for information on this important issue

Your hardest-fought win in conservation history
An important message from Robert J. Pye, CAE
Manager, Business Development & Corporate Messaging

Remember you can stay up to date of what’s going on by signing up www.ofah.org/enews and get on the email list to stay connected with the OFAH

 

MNRF have made two decisions on the Black Bear Hunt, the first one making the hunt permanent and the second regarding baiting. We have also added a link on the history of the Black Bear Hunt. Each link will open a new page on your browser.

On March 13, 2020 the decision to proceed with this proposal was made.In 2014, Ontario introduced a spring black bear hunting season pilot that supported sustainable black bear hunting opportunities. The spring black bear hunting season pilot has continued each year since then. The province has decided to make the pilot a regular annual spring season.

On March 13, 2020 the decision to proceed with the  proposal was made.This change is being implemented by an amendment to Ontario Regulation 665/98 (Hunting). This change will take effect for the 2020 bear hunting season.(Baiting) 

The Time Line of Black Bear hunting in Ontario

 

Ontario has approved many of the proposed changes to moose management that are intended to make moose tag allocation fairer and more consistent for provincially licensed moose hunters, while helping to support the sustainability of moose populations.  Read the details

Ontario government proposes a full return of spring bear hunt
Almost 21 years to the day since the spring bear hunt was cancelled, the Government of Ontario has proposed to bring it back. Read the full story

Don’t forget our 2019 Deer hunt survey both ONLINE  or Downloadable
This survey is volunterry unlike the MANDATORY MNRF REPORTING

The Politics of Firearms
A letter From the OFAH by Matt DeMille
And while on the topic of Firearms, fees will be on the rise Those details here

Province announces new CWD legislation

The OFAH was pleased to see the provincial government announcement on Wednesday regarding new measures to protect Ontario’s cervid species from chronic wasting disease.
See the whole story

Feral Swine impact on wild game
Great information

 

Our 2020 Spring  Newsletter is now available, you may also want to look at past newsletters from the spring and 2018. Thank you Ed Giffin for the hard work you put into this keeping our Zone informed of what is happening in our area.
Spring 2020 Newsletter
Fall newsletter 2019
Spring newsletter 2019
Fall newsletter 2018
Spring newsletter 2018

 

The New National Fishing and Hunting Collaborative has been formed please read the media release here and check the Priorities and Asks on the main Web Site